Message from Our Chair – December 14, 2018

Happy Holidays and warm wishes for a healthy and happy New Year. The Democratic Blue Wave of the mid-term elections has renewed our spirit and strengthened our resolve to protect our democracy. We now have a diverse group of dedicated Democratic representatives in Congress to check the demagoguery of the President.

Here at home, we had great success both in volunteer and voter participation leading to overwhelming success in the local elections. Our congressional candidate, Perry Gershon had record volunteer support and opened a large hole in the Republican stronghold of CD1 narrowing the gap to just 4 points. He ran an incredible campaign and we all owe Perry a debt of gratitude for the inroads he made.

The results in East Hampton were record breaking across the board. Due to a year-long effort by collaborating groups we had record voter registration in 2018. Thank you to all who contributed to these efforts. Our Committee stood united and I am thrilled to welcome new committee members who bring a wealth of experience from every sector to represent you on our committee. Our endorsed Democratic candidate Councilman David Lys won landslide victories both in the primary and in the general election. David will bring young working families into our party along with his dedication to our town.

Here are a few 2018 election statistics:

  • David Lys won in a landslide with 71.4% of the vote and in every election district.
  • Turnout in East Hampton was 62.5%. An incredible result for a mid-term.
  • We delivered for Perry Gershon too, garnering 7,564 votes and he won in every Election  District as well.  
  • In East Hampton, there were 2,171 absentee and affidavit Democratic votes breaking all previous records.

You showed the power of the Democratic voter and Democratic values in East Hampton and the nation. I am grateful for your support.

Our Democratic town board had legislative victories this year too. We saw action in housing affordability, renewable energy, clean water protection and with the collaborative efforts of you and the town board the Hamlet Studies continue to shape a sustainable vision for the future of East Hampton.   

I’d like to thank Peter Van Scoyoc, Sylvia Overby, Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, Jeff Bragman and David Lys for their hard work for our community.

A heartfelt thank you to Jeanne Frankl, our esteemed Chairman who retired from the Chair this year. Her leadership has helped transform the Democratic Party in East Hampton from a whisper to a roar.  

Finally, although it was a year that could have divided us, I am proud to say that East Hampton is a community that chose unity over divisiveness. You continue to inspire all of us to achieve greater goals.

We are fortunate to live in this diverse yet united community.

We have an exciting 2019 ahead as we continue the momentum and I look forward to your continued involvement. Doesn’t hesitate to give me a call or visit our website for more information on how you can help “be the change”.

Cate Rogers